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Young golfer Diksha Dagar wins silver in Deaflympics

Indian golfer Diksha Dagar won silver in women’s individiual golf event at Deaflympics at Samsun in Turkey. Ranked number 1 in Junior Golf in India, Dikha got a bye in the quarterfinals and then defeated Germany’s Gonzalez Podbicanin A 9 & 8 in the semifinals to set up a final clash with Yost Kaylin for the gold medal.

In the final match, Dikha started well and was 3 up after six holes but Kaylin clinched the next three holes with two birdies to level the score. In the back nine, Kaylin was one up after firing a long birdie putt on the 13th. However, Diksha too bounced back with three birdies and was one up on the 17th green. But the experienced American who plays in the Ladies Professional golf tour of America, then dropped a 16-footer birdie putt to level the score. In the final play-off, Kaylin emerged winner to clinch the gold, while Diksha settled for the silver.

Diksha has been using a hearing aid since she was six. Of the eight domestic tournaments she has participated, she has won 4 and finished runner-up in 2. She has also taken part in four international meets, including the World Ladies Amateur Golf Championship. Her achievements last year helped her earn a place in the national team for the Usha All India Amateur Golf Championship, which turns 100. She is the only Indian golfer (U-18) to be ranked in the top 500 at global level.

India had sent a strong contingent of 46 athletes for the Deaflympics being staged in Samsun from July 18th to 30th. This is the first time golf is a part of Deaflympics.

About Poulomi Kundu

PoulomiKundu started her career in 2000 as a freelance journalist in Hindustan Times. Soon after she was selected an intern in Zee News, Kolkata. After her post- graduation in English, Poulomi joined the leading television production house of eastern India, Rainbow Productions. She was a journalist in Khas Khobor, a Bengali news magazine programme in Doordarshan and also headed the post production department of another programme, Khas Kolkata. In 2004, Poulomi moved to Delhi as a creative writer in an advertising agency, Brand Stewards Pvt. Ltd. In 2005, she again shifted her base for a better opportunity and that in Mumbai. There she got the job in Raa Media Pvt Ltd. as an associate director of two programmes for Doordarshan-Yuva and Paisa Vasool. In the meantime, she also wrote features in DNA as a freelancer. Poulomi directs promotional videos, develops scripts for films for Corporate and NGOs. But an ardent sports lover, Poulomi always had an urge to contribute somewhere in the field of sports. Her love for sports started from an early age when she played gully cricket and football for local teams. Academics and professional hazards sometimes took her away from her passion, but it never died in her. She always nurtured the never-ending dream. So she materialized her dream in the form of ‘SPORTSAVOUR’. It is an online sports portal that serves sports with the tagline ‘For the indigenous, unconventional, unknown’.

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